What is Tactical Gear Anyway?

Good gear isn’t all about strength, but also about durability, comfort and functionality when tactical training or developing some tactical operations. As for the looks, we do like the tacti-cool vibe and we sure enjoy the attention, right? We do act the way we look and well thought out rig may boost your self-esteem when out in the field.

There are hundreds of companies that make tactical gear and we’re the one to win, in the end. Some companies already know how gear needs to be in order to be comfortable, long lasting and operational altogether.

Head protection

No matter if you’re a ranger, hiker or out on a mission, even a simple baseball-style cap can work its magic for your head, at least protecting it from the sunlight.

When you’re going on a tactical mission though, a tactical ballistic helmet rated at least a Level IIIA should be able to slow down small arms and secondary projectiles from military grade explosive. You can also take it to another level and get also some vision goggles (you may find them as NVGs or NODs) or attach some little, yet effective tac lights with infrared abilities. Surefire doesn’t disappoint when it comes to helmet lights and be ready to take at least $200 out of your wallet for a tactical ballistic helmet.

Eyes protection

You simply can’t go out there without any eye protection and protecting your eyes is essential when out on the field.

Get ESS if you’re only looking for some range and ops wear as it’s both stylish and protective. You may find some goggles that feature a quiet, built-in fan so they don’t fog up during the sweaty missions or changing weather conditions. Wearing some ESS glasses did save soldier’s eyes in case of an explosion.

No matter the brand you’re going with, you need to wrap around protection so you have efficient peripheral vision when wearing them. You also need to check to see if they’re ANSI rated or not.

You shouldn’t pay much over $100 for a good pair of eye protection.

Ears Protection

When you’re part of a team, you need to stay in touch with the other members so you have to get helmets that also work with ear protection/communication system.

Some brands have found the key for good hearing protection and a brands as such is Peltor. Some models do stand out as they’re versatile and reliable, presenting also built-in vehicle comms and great hearing pro. They may go just right with some PASGT (Personnel Armor System Ground Troops), ACH (Advanced Combat Helmet) or MICH (Modular Integrated Communication Helmet). Look for the more durable models and expect to pay around $300 for it.

Your outwear

The most important thing you need to know about the tactical clothes and outerwear tactical gear is that you should stay away from black and put your money at stake with camo. Coyote tan, camo and OD green are the most reliable choices and no matter the label of your outerwear, you should feel comfy in it. Durability is also important as last thing you want in the middle of your mission is to have a pocket ripped off or your crotch split.

Your Clothing

It’s important that your clothing isn’t just comfortable, but also long lasting and tacti-cool. Some brands are more popular (Vertx is a good example) and you could take a better look at the price tags as well. You may find good tactical shirts for $20 and pants a little less than $80.

Your boots

Comfortable, durable and tough boots are essential when out for a tactical mission. You need to move nice and easy and you don’t want to think about any bunions or hot spots when climbing up a mountain, right?

The more you’re paying, the more you can expect from your tactical boots, but comfort and resistance to the heavy-duty use should be major when choosing.

Your backpack

Look for the backpack that is MOLLE compatible so that you may add and organize your gear in the best way. You want the backpack to come with side pockets so that you have fast and easy access to the gear in emergencies. Don’t compromise on the organization and get one that keeps everything in order and easy to get.

Waterproofness, resistance to tear and wear are also important features on a tactical backpack.

The lights

A tactical flashlight isn’t just easy to use, but also reliable and with a military grade build. It can easily take a drop and works in the most challenging weather conditions and even when submersed into water. It has to be bright and easy to attach on your weapon too. A right weapon mounted flashlight can make the world in the middle of the night.

The holster

You may easily find plenty of good holsters out there and it’s not a bad idea to get a secondary weapon or a sidearm.

Keep the pistol on your hip when you’re using it as a primary weapon and get a drop-leg holster if it’s the secondary and you’re also wearing a tac vest.

Many stay away from holsters with Velcro and snaps. The Kydex holsters are the most popular option as they’re fast, long lasting and very easy to access.

Keep in mind that weapon retention is also fundamental and look for a holster with anti-lock system.

The Knife

You can’t go on a tactical mission without a knife and you should get a fast opening tactical folder to carry it all the time.

The most important thing about a tactical knife is that you’re able to access it fast and that you open it in a blink of an eye.

Always secure your tactical knife and remember that weapon retention is fundamental.

The watch

Don’t go cheap on your tactical watch and get one that has a sturdy band. The diversity of models is impressive and tactical watches may come with electronic compasses, altimeters or even mini built-in computers.

This doesn’t mean you can’t make it out there with a rather simple watch and you may find models that work on multiple continents, in combats and while scuba diving as well.

Your take

When you’re going shopping for some tactical goodies, you need good quality gear and quality weapons that fit the mission and your likings too. Getting the right gear for a tactical mission could make the difference between life and death, at some point.